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How do bots work on wikis?
- The designation of "bot" is given to accounts which are running certain kinds of software like AutoWikiBrowser or Pywikibot. This software allows a user to set up changes to be made automatically or semi-automatically, which in turn allows repetitive or tedious tasks to be completed extremely quickly. Such tasks include mass-changing of categories on pages, spellchecking an entire wiki, and (if the bot is run by and made into an administrator) mass-deletion of images.
- Considering how many changes they can make in such short periods of time, there is a special Bot flag which can be requested from Wikia Staff for an account which is going to be run as a bot. This flag causes changes made by the account to be hidden by default on Special:WikiActivity and Special:RecentChanges in addition to a few other effects (such as not being welcomed by the welcome tool).